How do I Make LED Lighting for Paper Lanterns?

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How do I Make LED Lighting for Paper Lanterns?
Paper lanterns create a festive atmosphere. (Party-time! image by Ivonne Wierink from

Paper lanterns can give any evening event a romantic air. The soft, low light helps create an intimate, relaxed atmosphere and encourages friendly interaction from your guests.

Instead of stringing unsightly power cords all over the place try lighting each lantern individually with inexpensive battery-operated lights. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are available as flickering candle-look lighting or in steady-burning white or coloured tea lights. They are inexpensive and stay lit for several hours before the batteries are drained.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Battery-operated LED lights
  • CR2032 batteries
  • Paper lanterns
  • Step ladder (and a helper)
  • Waist apron with large pockets

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    Determine where you want to place the paper lanterns. Indoor parties will require fewer paper lanterns but outdoor parties may need them spaced closer together to provide adequate lighting. Place at least one lantern on each table.

  2. 2

    Insert a coin-shaped CR2032 battery into each LED party light.

  3. 3

    Take all the LED party lights and the paper lanterns out to the patio or other party area.

  4. 4

    Turn on an LED party light for each table top paper lantern and place inside the lanterns.

  1. 1

    Place a lantern on the ground in each location where you want one to hang.

  2. 2

    Place the LED lights for your hanging lanterns into the pockets of your apron.

  3. 3

    Carry the ladder to where you want to hang the first lantern and gently pull the accordion-folded paper open.

    How do I Make LED Lighting for Paper Lanterns?
    Have a helper steady the ladder when you hang the lanterns. (happy woman with hammer on ladder image by Elena Vdovina from
  4. 4

    Take an LED light out of your pocket, turn it on and place it into the lantern.

  5. 5

    Take the lantern up the ladder and hang it using the hardware that came with the lanterns. Repeat this process by moving the ladder to each location where you put a paper lantern on the ground. Hang them until you have them all put up. Now step back and look the area over to see if you have enough light or need to move any of the lanterns to another spot.

    How do I Make LED Lighting for Paper Lanterns?
    Paper lanterns with LED lights are a good way to provide effect lighting for parties. (lanterns image by YOKE LIANG TAN from

Tips and warnings

  • An attractive alternative to paper lanterns is helium filled balloons with an LED light inside. The effect is really eye catching and the lights can be set to change colour and flicker or to burn steadily.
  • Always be careful on ladders and get someone to hold them steady as you climb up.

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